-An Essay by Gunther
“THE INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.”
Authority is directly derived from the masses. No leader in any social undertaking has any power over another human being without his consent. Without the consent of the people being governed, the governing body has no power and is merely a paper tiger.
Often authority is confused with power. Power does refer to the ability to achieve certain ends; while authority refers to the legitimate justification and right to exercise that power. Anyone can exercise power over another, but if they do not have the authority to do so, with the consent of the one being overpowered, then their actions can be interpreted as criminal or a violation of someone’s rights.
A body of individuals that desire a common set of rules and regulations in order to live their lives comfortably with respect establishes a government in order to insure their basic human rights are protected. When this body establishes this government and chooses leaders and administrators to carry out the task of enacting, executing and testing these rules and regulations, they are hereby subjecting themselves to the authority of this government. Therefore the government, created by the masses now possesses the legitimate authority to wield power as it sees fit in order to maintain order in society.
In the military, a recruit signs a contract with the government that he will offer himself for training and military service for specific period of time. Initially the recruit is bound by a contractual obligation to remain faithful. If he fails to abide by his contract, there are criminal repercussions.
After a soldier has been in the service of his nation for some time, generally the fear of repercussions turns to acceptance and a sense of belonging. That sense o...
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